Out of Town
We've got a puzzle - or four - for you. Larger-than-life hedge mazes offer families the challenge of finding their way through winding paths. Here are four of Victoria's most popular Mazes.
Note that most mazes are not stroller friendly, so if you’re bringing your baby, consider a backpack, baby bjorn or ergo carrier.
This is Australia's largest and oldest hedge maze.
If you're looking for a more leisurely cruise around some beautiful gardens, then this is the place for you. Apart from the major maze, you can explore the 25 acres of woodland gardens and enter a circular rose garden maze and lavender labyrinth and find your way around and take in the sweet, sweet aroma. We've been to Ashcombe Maze four times now and it's very special in every season. If you're here on a picture-perfect day, the lavander against a blue sky is quite a sight to see.
There's a gnome hunt for children where they'll be aimed with pencil and mini clipboard to find 18 hidden gnomes for a sweet when you're done on exit.
There's a cafe that overlooks part of the gardens and serves up sandwiches and scones and all your other usual cafe options. We dare you to try the lavander ice-cream!
The Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens opens daily (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 5pm and on Summer holidays, it is open til 6pm.
Get your walking shoes on as you'll easily spend a half day (or more) here, exploring all that's on offer to see and do. One of our favourites on the Mornington Peninsula and rightly so.
There's a lot more than mazes here and one of the best bits? - Tube slides! Be prepared for a bit of a hike up the hill with your tube tyre but then it's all downhill thrills from there.
The 3D Indoor Maze is at the top end of the Enchanted Maze Garden. We made the hike here once on our many visits and our 2 children were petrified! Not for the faint hearted. Definitely one for the older kids and teens.
If you haven't done enough already (so unlikely!), there's a new adventure course for children. Check out the Tree Surfing website for more details.
Driving up into the hills on a cruisy Sunday drive is one way of escaping the City and nothing could be more perfect than a stop off to SkyHigh Mt. Dandenong.
You'll be greeted at the car park entrance with a $5.00 entrance fee which covers car parking. Car spaces are plentiful here - they need to be as it gets packed.
Here you are welcome to roam and enjoy the gardens and cafe/restaurant at your leisure. If it's the maze you've come for, you need to make payment at the cafe kiosk and enter through the maze gate. The real fun begins when you're given a certificate on entry that you need to collect four stamps within the maze to go on and collect a badge on your exit.
There is no denying the view at SkyHigh is pretty special and what better way to take it in than at the cafe/restaurant. Upstairs is a function room and restaurant and downstairs is a roomy cafe with table service indoors and casual outside. All the usuals are on offer and there's a small gift shop. SkyHigh is a beautiful spot for picnics too.
Just around the corner from Healesville Sanctuary, is Hedgend Maze. We started our visit with a round of Mini Golf. Mr 4 and Miss 6 loved negotiating the 18 hole course, with their pint-sized putters.
Next - a game of frisbee on the grassy area.
The enormous Hedge Maze was loads of fun, the 4 of us switching leaders every time we took a wrong turn.
A mini maze, fossil dig, vege garden and chook run are all part of the property.
Cafe on site, but also lots of trees to sit under with a BYO picnic and enjoy the beautiful mountain views.
Thanks to the Gridlock Coffee team for their mini review of Hedgend Maze.